Vocational Curriculum

Pupils study classes in all aspects of the performing arts and are taught by experienced professional tutors. Classes focus on developing technique and pupils are given many opportunities to perform at our regular Open Mic Nights, Christmas and Easter Pantos and our annual showcase as well as at charity events or auditioning for professional work.

Disciplines studied include: 


Ballet; Jazz; Tap; Street; acrobatics; contemporary; choreography, practitioners; dance theory;

GCSE Dance.


Acting for stage and screen; text and script analysis; voice and speech; audition technique; theatre history; practitioners; acting techniques: LAMDA (up to grade 8 - A level equivalent). 


Singing; vocal technique; repertoire; musical theatre; microphone technique; composition; music theory; ABRSM music theory (up to grade 5 - GCSE equivalent) ; Trinity Guild Hall Musical Theatre (up to grade 8 - A level equivalent)


Some senior pupils may opt to go down a technical route and instruction is available to them in sound engineering; lighting and stage management. These pupils gain hands on experience in our theatre and recording studio. 


Exams offered are:

ABRSM music theory up to grade 5 (level 2)

LAMDA Speech and Drama up to Grade 8 (level 3)

Trinity Guildhall Musical Theatre up to Grade 8 (level 3)

The school works towards regular performances at various charity events.


Pupils have the opportunity of viewing a variety of fringe and West End shows, museums and art galleries,


The school is small and the needs of the individual are taken into account.

The school day is 8:30am - 3.45pm (3pm on Fridays)

Pupils sit GCSE exams in years 10 and 11. 
The school is a centre for Edexcel and AQA examination boards.


Subjects studied include: English, English Literature, Science, Maths, French, Dance, Music, Art, Geography, History, Religious Education, Careers, Enterprise, Citizenship, ICT and PCHSE.


Pupils sit GCSEs plus vocational exams (see vocational curriculum)

GCSE Subjects offered are:  English; Maths; Science (double award); English Literature; Business Studies; Dance and Expressive Arts.


A reasonable amount of homework is set and this forms a compulsory part of the academic curriculum.

All Pupils can receive and send homework through their school email accounts and chromebooks.



There are three reports sent out each year and one parents' evening. Other year group meetings with teachers are held throughout the year whenever deemed necessary parents can contact any teacher via each departments email address.


All pupils are regularly assessed so that those who may require support, or who are gifted and talented, are identified. The school's SENCO compiles IEPs, liaises with teachers and is able to arrange extra tuition if parents request this.

Gifted and talented pupils may be fast tracked and offered additional classes in their specialities.

Academic and vocational teachers will endeavour to ensure they take appropriate action to address each individual pupil's needs.

Small group classes, one to one's, homework club and catch-up sessions are timetabled for pupils when necessary.  The school liaises with tutors when pupils are working professionally.

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